By now it's all over the Internet about how Kathryn Skaggs, who blogs at A Well-Behaved Mormon Woman, believes that Disney's
I have no desire to sit here and debunk line by line of Skaggs' looooong and rambling post on the subject. Worrying that universal feelings like the euphoria that comes from escaping emotional repression are some how homosexual bio-weapons bent on infecting the youth of today just goes to show you how tight some people feel the need to grip their children and grandchildren's life options.
And hey, Disney totally does slip in positive gay roles in the cracks of movies. Or at least Pixar does sometimes. If you've never looked through the special features on The Incredibles the National Supers Agency files clearly show that Thunderhead raises adopted kids with his "roommate" Scott. Merida from Brave was also accused of being gay for her unprecedented rejection of Disney princess culture's hyper-elevation of heterosexual love into the realm of the magical. Mostly that was just mainstream media screwing around, though.
No, what I'm more interested in is what looks to me like the newest incarnation of American Satanic hysteria invoked by Skaggs' attitude.
To recap, in the '80s and '90s there was something called the repressed memory movement. The idea was that certain traumatic occurrences in childhood were so bad that your mind literally hid them away and you utterly forgot about them until retrieved by a psychiatrist using hypnosis.
As a trained clinical hypnotist myself I can tell you there's a grain of truth to this. It's called abreaction, and it occurs when repressed emotions bubble to the surface making the patient feel past incidents of terror, fear, sadness, and other negative feelings very keenly. It's not whole memories, more like an emotional déjà vu.
What actually happened when therapists went looking for repressed memories was that people's memories would conform to the therapist's expectation. If the therapist thought that maybe a parent had sexually molested a child, if he pursued the line of questioning hard enough the patient's mind would eventually invent a memory of the abuse. It's the same phenomenon that has law enforcement dealing with so many people confessing to crimes they didn't commit under interrogation.
What also arose out of the movement was the discovery of hidden pockets of Satanic abuse, mostly in daycares. Once again, therapists (Often with eyes on book deals) would question children and receive horrific stories of black masses, molestations, and other macabre fan fic happening all throughout America's day cares. Meanwhile, Jay's Journal, which was supposed to be the recovered diary of a depressed teen who committed suicide after joining a Satanic cult but was really written by Mormon Ph.D. Beatrice Sparks, author of Go Ask Alice and other cautionary "true stories" was informing parents of widespread cult activity just waiting to snatch nice kids up.
Throw in the rise of heavy metal rich in Satanic imagery and the whole of America looks like it's hiding a shadowy empire of the devil.
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None of it was true. Absolutely none of it. The daycare scandals were all laughably false, and driven more by a need to make women feel bad for working outside the home. Jay's Journal was just a prose version of a Hell House meant to sell Mormon doctrines, and 90 percent of the kids that grew up listening to Iron Maiden became staunch conservatives who only differed from their parents by dressing in black.
What does this have to do with Skaggs and Frozen? Everything, because what Skaggs and Sparks and the rest of the people intent on spreading the idea of the Great Seducer are worried about isn't homosexuality, heavy metal, or career driven women. What they're worried about is that such things will be considered as normal as their own lives.
Right now we're living in a revolution of LGBT acceptance and rights. A rather impressive one in terms of the speed of its movement. If we don't have national same sex marriage by the end of 2014, I am willing to bet we'll have it by the end of the Obama administration. To the people opposed to such things there must be answers, just as in the '80s there had to be an answer to the empowerment of women through employment, that gawd awful metal music, and typical teenage rebellion.
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They blame Hollywood for slipping it into the open and sleeping minds of children, and Satan working through Hollywood. They blame infernal influence the way conspiracy theorists blame aliens and the government.
It's still not real. It's pretty clear that Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez wrote "Let It Go" to be "Defying Gravity 2", and both songs are essentially about finding virtue in what others hate about you. It's about standing up and demanding your due against the wagging finger of the establishment. While that notion is indeed the most virtuously Satanic I know, no devil pulls the strings. The ever-growing equality of LBGT people isn't being accomplished by writing catchy songs five-tear-olds sing on YouTube that have Konami codes of wickedness.
It's simply because it's time. If I may quote the song itself, "It's funny how some distance makes everything seem small, and the fears that once controlled me can't get to me at all." Time to stop pretending gay is a demon waiting to infect your children. Time to grow up and stop letting the next generation's normal be the bogeyman. That, I think, is the thing that is scaring them most.